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Income Support in the Wake of COVID-19 Survey

Kia ora! Talofa lava! Gidday!

We are interested in hearing how you have managed financially during and after the lockdown at a time when the job market is getting tighter as a result of Covid-19.

This project is being conducted by Louise Humpage, in collaboration with Auckland Action Against Poverty, Child Poverty Action Group and FIRST Union.

This anonymous survey is for people aged between 16 and 64 who receive one of the following:

  • Covid-19 Income Support Payment (the new benefit available for 3 months to those who lost their jobs in the Covid-19 economic slowdown); OR
  • Job Seeker Support; OR
  • Sole Parent Support; OR
  • Supported Living Payment; OR
  • Youth Payment; OR
  • Young Parent Payment.

If you are aged under 16 or over 65 and/or receive a different payment (eg. the wage subsidy, Student Allowance, ACC or New Zealand Superannuation), please do not complete the survey.  

Before starting the survey, please click here to read the Participant Information Sheet that explains the research in detail.

If, having read the Participant Information Sheet, you are keen to complete the survey, please click here.

If answering the questions made you feel as if you need some help with your situation, please click here for a list of free services that can assist you:

We may continue this research with face-to-face interviews later in 2020. If you would consider being interviewed, please send your name, email and contact number to   You can send these details even if you choose not to complete the survey.  Your contact details will be stored securely on a password-protected University of Auckland computer and only used for the purposes of contacting you about future research. Your contact details will NOT be able to be linked to any information you may provide in this survey.

Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 17/8/20 for three years. Reference Number UAHPEC2777.